26 Jan

Google accused of violating the GDPR

The commission for personal data protection in France has fined Google with € 50 million for breach of the GDPR. It is the first fine for violation of the GDPR applied to a tech company and, at the same time, the largest fine the GDPR of until now. From the looks of it, Google would not correctly inform users about the personal data collected and has not offered effective methods of filtering them.
According to the authority of France, the settings for the collection of personal data offered by Google are formulated much too ambiguous and cannot be understood by users of the row. Also, Google does not mention concretely what purposes these data are processed personal. Representatives of the american company came immediately with an official statement through which to know that they are prepared to meet high standards of transparency imposed at the european level.
Consumer groups from seven european countries have lodged complaints, the GDPR against tracking the location by Google (according to Reuters). The European Consumers ‘ organisation (BEUC), in which each group, argues that the “deceptive practices” of Google in regards to the location tracking does not offer users a real choice in terms of activation or deactivation of the location and that Google does not inform properly about what is involved in this tracking. If the complaints will be accepted, they would be able to bring them a fine large enough the giant search engine.
The complaints, which every group has issued by national authorities of data protection in accordance with the rules of the GDPR, come in the wake of the discovery of the fact that Google can track user’s location even when the option “location History” is off. A second setting, “the Activity on the web and in apps”, which is enabled by default, must also be disabled to prevent the total of the GPS tracking.
BEUC claims that Google used “deceptive practices” because it leaves them willfully on the users to have enabled these two options and do not inform them fully about what is involved in this. As such, consent is not freely given.
Google responded to the complaints, arguing that “History” is disabled by default and that disabling it does not prevent the tracking of all locations. Google has said that it intends to read the report to see if it contains information that could be taken into account.
Google is not the only IT giant that is faced with a complaint GDPR major. At the beginning of this year, the irish data protection said it would investigate the company Facebook in connection with a security breach that affected 29 million accounts. Being a new legislation adopted in may, violations of the GDPR are still relatively untested in the courts, so it is not very clear how powerful it will be if these seven groups of consumers. If successful, the regulation GDPR shows us that Google could be forced to pay a fine of up to four percent of its overall revenues, which would be over 4 billion dollars, on the basis of deposits in the year 2017.

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